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Eyeball update

It’s been almost three weeks since the surgery on my eye to remove a cataract. I thought it was time to give an update.

My old good eye is now my bad eye, although still pretty darn good. The surgery went well and I can see ten-times better. On my first post-op visit two weeks ago I was complaining about a slight double vision in the surgical eye. The surgeon gave it a good look and then offered a scenario where, because of the higher than normal pressure in that eye, I was probably having some swelling along the incisions. This would have the affect of giving some visual aberrations that should go away as the swelling goes down.

I think it’s safe to say she was right. Those doublings seem to have gone away.

So now I have lens inserted into both eyes. The old surgery (cataract surgery in 2008 on the right eye) is still in great shape. She said there is a slight bit of fogging on the old lens, but that can be taken care of by burning it off with a laser. That’s something they would do if the vision hits 20-25 in that eye.

I have one more post-op visit next month where they will do a full vision check and see if I need to be fitted for glasses. My distance vision is pretty darn good, but I need readers for computer work.

The miracles of modern surgery!


That would be an awesome product. Head up to the corner drug store and pick up a bottle of Cataract-B-Gone drops in the eye care section and a week later you are seeing like a teenager again.

Maybe in a few years, but today removal of cataracts requires minor outpatient surgery. When the parental units had their surgeries a few decades back it was a much tougher surgery that took much longer, and the recovery was measured in days, not hours. Today’s procedure usually takes less than an hour and vision improvement is usually immediate.

You would think this surgery was a 20th century development. You would be wrong. Actually cataract surgeries were performed in ancient times:

Sanskrit manuscripts from the 5th century B.C. describe the earliest type of cataract surgery known as couching. In this procedure, the cataractous lens was displaced away from the pupil to lie in the vitreous cavity in the back of the eye. The displacement of the lens enabled the patient to see better. Vision, however, was still blurred due to the unavailability of corrective lenses.

Recent excavations in Iraq, Greece and Egypt have uncovered bronze instruments that would have been used for cataract surgery. In 29 A.D., the practice of needling or discission was noted in De Medicinae. This technique breaks up the cataract into smaller particles, thereby facilitating their absorption.

I bring all this up because tomorrow is my eye surgery. I’m headed to the VA today for a pre-op consult. Cataract surgery on Weirdo Wednesday.

How appropriate!

Today’s cataract surgery is routine and practically without risk. Everything you ever wanted to know about cataract removal is in this video.



Source: Museum of Vision.org

Hazards of 3D Television

Major electronics manufacturers are betting the farm on 3D as the next big technology breakthrough for the future of television.  This despite study after study citing hazards such as severe eye strain, massive headaches, and queasiness to viewers.

This is the dirty little secret of 3D TV – or is it? (a secret, that is)

Thee following paragraphs is the “Warning Label” on the Samsung website, re: Watching 3D TV. (For full text click HERE.)

Some viewers may experience an epileptic seizure or stroke when exposed to certain flashing images or lights contained in certain television pictures or video games. If you or any of your family has a history of epilepsy or stroke, please consult with a medical specialist before using the 3D function.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, immediately stop watching 3D pictures and consult a medical specialist: (1) altered vision; (2) lightheadedness; (3) dizziness; (4) involuntary movements such as eye or muscle twitching; (5) confusion; (6) nausea; (7) loss of awareness; (8) convulsions; (9) cramps; and/or (10) disorientation. Parents should monitor and ask their children about the above symptoms as children and teenagers may be more likely to experience these symptoms than adults.

Viewing in 3D mode may also cause motion sickness, perceptual after effects, disorientation, eye strain, and decreased postural stability. It is recommended that users take frequent breaks to lessen the likelihood of these effects. If you have any of the above symptoms, immediately discontinue use of this device and do not resume until the symptoms have subsided.

Makes you wonder what the manufacturer isn’t telling you, doesn’t it?

Now I love gadgets as much as the next guy, but something else that can make me go blind is the last thing I need. I’m reminded of the ‘Opti-Grab,’ the fictional invention of Navin R. Johnson in Steve Martin’s The Jerk. After making millions off his invention, it is discovered to have caused users of the product to become cross-eyed, resulting in millions of lawsuits. Is 3D TV the next Opti-Grab?


Navin R. Johnson (The Jerk): And that’s the only thing I need is *this*. I don’t need this or this. Just this ashtray… And this paddle game. – The ashtray and the paddle game and that’s all I need… And this remote control. – The ashtray, the paddle game, and the remote control, and that’s all I need… And these matches. – The ashtray, and these matches, and the remote control, and the paddle ball… And this lamp. – The ashtray, this paddle game, and the remote control, and the lamp, and that’s all *I* need. And that’s *all* I need too. I don’t need one other thing, not one… I need this. – The paddle game and the chair, and the remote control, and the matches for sure. Well what are you looking at? What do you think I’m some kind of a jerk or something! –
And this. That’s all I need.
[walking outside]
The ashtray, the remote control, the paddle game, and this magazine, and the chair.
[outside now] And I don’t need one other thing, except my dog.
[dog growls at him] I don’t need my dog.

The eyes have it

It’s easy to take something as simple as seeing for granted – that is until you can’t. Many of you know that almost two years ago surgeons removed a cataract from my right eye. It was to a point where all I could see was a blur. The cataract was surgically removed and a permanent lens implant inserted underneath the cornea. Within days I was seeing better than I had in years.

So now, two years later, the same issue has attacked the left eye. It’s going to be the same solution. I would like to get in sooner, but they are backed up about three months, so I am probably looking at sometime late March or early April. I’ll have to struggle along with it until then. The downside is the headaches that comes from spending screen time. I’ll just have to deal with that as it comes.

On a side note, tomorrow I start a ‘liquid diet’ to get ready for The Event on Thursday. I’m looking forward to a short term weight loss in the ten pound range leading up to The Event. I have to check in at the VA this Thursday at noon for The Event. Until then, I’ll slowly starve myself and drink their vile solution. I’ll probably tell you more than you ever wanted to know about The Event. Until then it’s jello and grape juice – blech!

“He’s going to stick a tube 17,000 feet up your butt.” ~ Dave Barry – The Miami Herald